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January 2020

Depression, the Silent Killer

For many who read this blog, speaking about depression may seem redundant. However, an enemy that isn’t acknowledged becomes a silent killer. So, for both those who understand too well what depression is and how it affects our lives and those who don’t know I am writing this post. Every human on planet earth experiences depression. There are no exceptions.

Somersworth (NH) Taking on Childhood Trauma - Here's How [fosters.com]

By Kyle Stucker, Fosters.com, January 22, 2020 Hilltop City education, public safety and social service leaders hope this spring to soft launch a new collaborative model for helping prevent and respond to childhood trauma. The goal of creating an Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team in Somersworth is to bring resources together better than ever before, more proactively refer families to individualized services, and more deeply implement trauma-informed care principles at all levels of...

Historical Trauma to Historical Wisdom [psuvanguard.com]

By Quinn Stoddard, PSU Vanguard, January 21, 2020 On Jan. 15, at Multnomah County Central Library, an open discussion was hosted by the Indigenous 20-Something Project—“a movement [bringing] healing and wellness to an entire generation to stop the toxic impacts of intergenerational trauma.” Hosts and founding members of I20SP, Shalene Joseph and Josh Cocker, discussed different factors affecting indigenous communities and the power that historical wisdom has had in their efforts to foster...

Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Silent Shame [pridesource.com]

By Mark McMillan, Pride Source, January 22, 2020 Warning: this column may contain content that may be triggering for some readers. This past year in my practice, I began to see both male and female clients who presented with a past history of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the statistics prove that someone misusing alcohol or other drugs most likely has some form of child abuse in their past as well. Add that this person identifies with the LGBTQ community, and the numbers change...

Immigrant Kids Were Restrained to Chairs With Bags Over Their Heads at a Juvenile Hall in Virginia [motherjones.com]

By Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones, January 22, 2020 Antonio was tired of people calling him names. Staff members at the Virginia juvenile hall where he was held would call him pendejo and “onion head,” he said. After fleeing violence in Mexico at age 15 and arriving alone at the US border, he’d been sent to Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in 2016 and held alongside American teens while he awaited immigration proceedings. Shenandoah is one of two juvenile halls nationally that the Office...

Webinar, Jan. 31: Creating Trauma-Responsive Educational Institutions

Yes We Must Coalition is sponsoring a free webinar on how to create trauma responsive educational institutions and why this matters. Date: Jan. 31, 2020; 1:00–2:30 est. Presenter: Karen Gross, JD, D.H.L, PFA and CA certified; continuing education instructor Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work To register: contact info@yeswemustcoalition.com; Zoom details will be provided; Coalition membership not required. There will be concrete strategies and takeaways for participants and free shipping...

WEBINAR SERIES: The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth

Join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a new webinar series, based on the recent report The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth. This report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families examines the neurobiological and socio-behavioral science of adolescent development and identifies how these findings can be applied to four key sectors: health, education, justice, and child welfare. The webinar series will discuss how systems can...

First Maine inmate to enroll in graduate school conducts groundbreaking research in prison (Portland Phoenix ME)

By Jordan Bailey, January 22, 2020, for Portland Phoenix ME In 2008, 21-year-old Brandon Brown shot a man in Portland’s Old Port. He was eventually convicted of attempted murder and elevated aggravated assault, and sentenced to 17 years in prison. Now Brown is poised to be the first person in Maine to earn a master’s degree while incarcerated, and may be the first inmate to conduct approved research on fellow inmates for his thesis project. Brown shot former Marine James Sanders, crippling...

REPORT: The Water of Systems Change from FSG

The Water of Systems Change, an FSG article, aims to clarify what it means to shift the conditions holding problems in place and provides an actionable model for those interested in creating systems change. Through defining the 6 conditions of systems change and highlighting organizations that are shifting systems, the article explores: How systemic conditions perpetuate inequity and reinforce racism, sexism, or ableism. The critical need for foundations to focus on changing relationships...

Trump Team Plans to Relax School Lunch Rules. Opponents Warn of 'Junk Food Loophole' [blogs.edweek.org]

By Evie Blad, Education Week, January 17, 2020 The U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday announced plans to further relax heightened school meal nutrition standards created by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was championed by former first lady Michelle Obama. The proposed changes won praise from some school nutrition workers, who said they would give them more flexiblity to manage tight budgets and the logistics of feeding students. But children's health advocacy groups said...

Electronic Cigarette and JUUL Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults [jamanetwork.com]

By Donna M. Vallone, Alison F. Cuccia, Jodie Briggs, et al., JAMA Pediatrics, January 21, 2020 Questions: How has the use of JUUL among adolescents and young adults changed from 2018 to 2019? Findings: In this nationally representative cohort study of adolescents and young adults, with 14 379 participants in 2018 and 12 114 participants in 2019, JUUL use increased in every age group but was highest among those aged 18 to 20 years and 21 to 24 years. Meaning: Findings of this study suggest...

CalEITC 101: Expanded State Tax Credit Puts Cash into the Pockets of California’s Transition-Age Youth

John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) invites you to partner with us in 2020 to support youth in care with filing taxes and claiming the expanded CalEITC. This webinar will include the California Franchise Tax Board and discuss strategies to help transition-age youth access the CalEITC. Description: In the 2019-2020 budget, the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a cash-back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals, was...

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